The head of the Upstate New York Tea Party has suffered a brain aneurism.
UNYTEA Chairman Mark L. Barie fell ill Monday and was subsequently taken to the Fletcher Allen Health Care Center in Burlington, Vermont for treatment.
"He's in good spirits and doing about as well as you can with something like this," his son, Oliver Barie, told the Plattsburgh Press Republican on Tuesday.
The 56-year old owner of CDC Real Estate Inc. in Rouses Point has been an advocate of the North Country for three decades.
He headed the Plattsburgh Airbase Redevelopment Corporation in the mid-1990s and founded the Upstate New York Tea Party in the summer of 2009.
The political group has since grown to more than 1,000 members.
The organization hosted several candidate forums last year during election season, bringing many high-profile candidates to the area, including gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino.
Barie was also a frequent guest on WNBZ's public affairs program North Country Today.